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Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel has put her support behind ending violence against women, after signing the White Ribbon pledge at yesterday’s Council meeting.
Mayor Favel took the White Ribbon pledge to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence towards women as a sign of her personal commitment to the White Ribbon cause.
“Family violence is a terrible reality for too many women in our country. It is up to communities to stand up to this kind of behaviour and reject it whenever we can. By working together, we can seek to end this violence and bring about necessary change,” Mayor Favel says. “It’s about stopping the cycle.”
White Ribbon Day is held annually on 25 November and aims to end violence against women through encouraging men to lead by example in stopping family violence.
Mayor Favel was joined by a number of fellow Councillors in signing the White Ribbon pledge.
Residents can support today’s White Ribbon Day by wearing a White Ribbon pin and taking the online pledge at whiteribbon.org.nz